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Friday, January 15, 2021

Wales to Introduce Two-Week COVID-19 Firebreak

Wales announced last Oct. 19 that it will introduce a nationwide two-week firebreak from 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 to Nov. 9 in an attempt to bring the COVID-19 situation under control.

Wales announced last Oct. 19 that it will introduce a nationwide two-week firebreak from 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 to Nov. 9 in an attempt to bring the COVID-19 situation under control.

“We are facing a very serious situation in Wales as coronavirus has risen rapidly and spread in every part of the nation,” First Minister Mark Drakeford said in a cabinet statement, adding that the decision follows the advice of the government’s Technical Advisory Cell that provides scientific and technical advice.

“The clear advice from our medical and scientific advisers is that a short, sharp fire-break will give us an opportunity to reset and ensure the NHS (National Health Service) has the capacity to respond to pandemic, emergency and winter pressures,” Drakeford stated.

“Everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home. All non-essential businesses will have to close,” Drakeford told reporters.

Businesses required to close include non-food establishments, close contact services, and events and tourism businesses to close. To support these businesses, the government will prepare a package of nearly £300 million, which translates to over US $300,000,000, complementing the wage-support plan of the government of the United Kingdom.

The new restrictions also bans outdoor gatherings and visiting other households.

Public Health Wales has reported 626 new cases last Oct. 19, bringing the total number of cases to 36,253. The total number of deaths has reached 1,712.

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